The Extent of Government Procurement

Starts at 8:45 AM

Government procurement: the scale and nature of contracting in the UK

The latest report by Institute for Government finds that government spends £284bn – almost one-third of its total expenditure – with external suppliers. Given its scale, government procurement could not easily be abandoned even if politicians wanted.

The report says that four departments spent more than half of their entire budgets with external suppliers last year. It also finds that the largest suppliers are winning more and more government business.

Watch the launch event, with Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer and Non-executive Director at the Crown Commercial Service; Ian Makgill, Founder of Spend Network; and Gavin Hayman, Executive Director of the Open Contracting Partnership, live from 8:45am tomorrow.